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The Plans for our Future!

Dear Friends,

mega update! I have left the whole of what was posted on 10th May – but, a quick update! We now have the start up costs – all £2000 – this is truly humbling and amazing. Thank you so much for your prayers, encouragement and support – for those of you who have already got in touch saying you would like to go on ‘The Resource’ distribution list to receive updates and news – we plan to put the first of those out in the 2nd week of June. Hopefully, a mix of great resources to recommend – a bit more information about how ‘The Resource’ is going to work AND a couple of dates for the autumn that will be regional ‘resource evenings’ one looking at resources for children’s work and one focusing on youth work – sign up through the email address highlighted below if you haven’t already done so!

Many of you know that there has been a re-structuring process at Church House, Diocese of Chichester and, as a consequence, my post “Adviser for work with children and young people” has been deleted and I will be taking redundancy at the end of July 2014.

As a family, we have been on a difficult journey since we first received notification of the re-strucuturing plans in November, but, first we would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the people who have supported us during this time.  We have been very aware of your prayers!

We have spent a lot of time praying and seeking advice from some wise friends and family.  Through all of this, we have continued to feel that we are where God wants us to be, doing what God wants us to be doing.  We are passionate about seeing children and young people meet with Jesus, know His fullness of life and have their lives transformed by His grace and love – and we remain committed to serving God by encouraging, equipping and supporting the church across Sussex in its work with children and young people.

Therefore, at the beginning of September, we are planning to launch “The Resource”, a ministry which will be available to support and equip anyone involved in work with children and young people through training, consultancy, mentoring and running equipping events.

This is both exciting and daunting!  In many ways we are stepping out in faith and trusting that as we follow what we believe is God’s call on our lives, He will provide for us.  Our desire is to generate sufficient income that every church who wants support from me can receive it, regardless of their budget!

And so we are asking if you would pray for us.  We have an amazing support team made up of local church leaders and youth workers and, as we meet with them, please pray we would clearly see God’s footsteps and follow in them.  That we would have wisdom as we begin this next part of our adventure with God and that God would use this ministry to transform the lives of children, young people and their leaders.

If you would like to be on our regular mailing list to receive future updates from us as well as the resource e-news and details of any training events then please let us know on this new email address Email Me .

And, finally, if you can give financially that would be amazing – please let us know if you would like to do that – we reckon, to kick off in September, we need a start up amount of about £2000 (for the purchase of equipment such as phone and lap-top and to enable travel and meetings in the first few months).  As “The Resource” becomes established, we are hoping for an income of about £1500 a month – whether through gifts that enable the work and / or from paid work.

Thanks again for your support, friendship and encouragement.  Do keep in touch and feel free to pass on this blog post!

Lent Assembly – 16th March

Stop to Start (KS2 Years 3-6)

My usual thing with assemblies is to talk about myself . . . by that I mean relate the topic / theme / point to my own life, how I live, what I find easy, difficult, scary, exciting etc!  Being personal without being too personal . . . children love this . . .

My premise for this assembly was simple – it is lent, (Church School by the way), so during lent some Christians decide to stop doing stuff or start doing stuff . . . as part of their preparation for Easter.

I talked about my start / stop relationship with running – and my desire to get a bit fitter so I could run around with my children without collapsing and have more energy and stamina! 

I got six children out to help me and they were given lamenated cards with pictures on (crisps, sweets, chocolate, water, apple, carrot) . . . I put three on one side of me and three on the other – we talked about the need for balance in our “start / stop” lives.  I need to start drinking more water . . . I need to stop eating quite so many crisps . . . (I try to be relaxed about food, all food is fine . . . the key thing is balance, so kept it light!)

We had some banter and I named the kids “mr crisps” etc, and got them to try and think like a crisp or a bottle of water . . . I illustrated my running technique . . . (much laughter)

I drew us back to lent, Jesus in the Wilderness and Easter . . . I talked about Jesus being tempted.  I referred to Philippians 2 and all that Jesus “stopped”, all that he gave up – so that he could come to earth and with his live and death “start something” new, fresh, real . . . when His life stopped and He died something changed for us – forever . . . When he rose again, the potential for something amazing “started” for each of us! 

I finished with the thought that if you have “stopped” something over lent, think about what you are “starting”, what will you build and grow in your life that will make a difference to you and to others . . . and make sure you keep your balance.